At the age of 9, my parents bought me and my brother an NES. It was a total surprise and I still remember being overjoyed when my dad got it off the shelf and asked us if that was the right system. I had played games before, but that was the moment that my love affair with video games began. I love jumping into the varied worlds that games offer me. They are the visual equivalent of a novel for me in that it is easy to be completely absorbed into them.
Understand immediately, that I’m a bit of a Nintendo fanboy. I make no apologies for this. I started with the NES, then moved to the Super NES, the Nintendo 64, etc… My first non-Nintendo system was a Playstation, and I didn’t get that until it was about five years old. Also, so many of the franchises I adore found life on Nintendo consoles. Games like Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, Castlevania, Mario, and Metroid still hold extremely fond memories for me. Essentially, my gaming life was defined by Nintendo.
Now, this doesn’t mean that I will disregard other consoles. It only means that I feel more connected to what Nintendo does and will often comment on it, both positively and negatively.
I still own consoles running from the NES to the Switch and PS4. I still consider the Super Nintendo to be the best system ever made, followed pretty closely by the PS2. I will do my best not to let nostalgia blind me or wax poetic about the “good ol’ days.” I’ll happily sing the praises of a newer game like Bioshock or The Wonderful 101 just as quickly as I’ll declare Super Metroid the best game ever (it really is).
Obviously, all opinions here are my own, but because they are just opinions, I recognize that there is no fact behind them. I openly welcome other voices, whether you agree or disagree. Always feel free to chime in.
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